United States tries to establish military bases in countries neighboring Afghanistan, says Russian foreign minister
Afghanistan: American military vehicles abandoned at the Bagram airfield base. | Photo credit: IANS
- Putin reportedly told Biden that Moscow opposes any attempt by the United States to strike deals with countries in Central Asia to deploy its military in their territory.
- Various people have expressed apprehension over US proposals to deploy forces in countries neighboring Afghanistan.
Kabul: The withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan in August, which led to the fall of the democratically elected government of Ashraf Ghani, revived the Taliban who had been in hiding for two decades.
However, Russia has now asserted that while the United States has completed its military intervention in Afghanistan, it is constantly building its bases in neighboring countries.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says President Vladimir Putin asked his US counterpart Joe Biden at the Geneva summit that Moscow opposes any US attempt to strike deals with Asian countries central to deploy its army on their territory.
Lavrov said the United States was continuing its efforts to establish military bases in a country neighboring Afghanistan, News from TOLO reported citing his interview with a Russian news broadcaster.
“Well aware of the intrusion of the Americans, I do not exclude that they exert pressure for the same objective from different sides. I heard that they were trying to persuade India to give the Pentagon opportunities in Indian territory, ”Lavrov said, quoted by the Russian TV station.
The United States has reportedly sent proposals to Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. However, countries rejected these proposals, News from TOLO informed.
“Of course, the bases would be to suppress Al-Qaeda and Daesh (Islamic State), but the disaster would be with the Afghans, (the Afghans will suffer)”, News from TOLO said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, head of the Afghanistan National Solidarity Movement.
Various people have expressed their apprehension about US proposals to deploy forces in countries neighboring Afghanistan.
“The formation of military bases will affect the security of the region,” said former Afghan diplomat Shukria Barekzai.